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in washington. police say that the child was also shot but is expected to survive. they say a man on the street shot the two while getting on the bus sunday night. the bus driver quickly drove off to avoid any further gunfire. police say it appears the woman was targeted. >>> investigators are trying to identify a woman's body that was found in the woods near route 1 in howard county. a man walking along the road in laurel discovered it sunday afternoon. police believe the woman is in her 40s and was reported missing a few weeks ago by a friend. >>> plans are in the work to build a hotel and this is happen the in mount vernon. that could become baltimore's priceyest hotel. mount -- priceyest hotel. they are proposing a 16 million dollar project called the ivy that would be at former inn at government house and the city operated the 3 building complex for more than 20 years before closing it. plans to add a restaurant, bar guest rooms from 350 to $1500 a night. two students face charges for allegedly giving classmates and professor brownies that were laced with marijuana. police say that they br
members stay home with no deal in sight. > we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies, watching the kids play soccer and basketball. he seems to care more about keeping his speaker ship than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> reporter: the speaker's office responded, the senator should talk less and legislate more. the house has already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. democrats have not. the president returned to washington today for a last minute push before leaving vacation in hawaii he had separate phone talks with congressional leaders but it's not clear that those talks helps. washington's failure to avoid the cliff threatens to undermine the recovery as americans face big tax hikes, adding to the mess the treasurey department is warning that the government will soon be unable to pay its bills. the house republican leaders say they will take action on whatever bill the senate can pass but the senate must act first. abc news washington. >> now for more on the fiscal cliff an
us from washington with more. >> reporter: sunny and john, good morning. with time running out, president obama and speaker boehner are negotiating directly. congress needs a bill soon. president obama is back on the road today, peddling his plan to avoid the so called fis kalg cliff. in washington, republicans and democrats remain far from a deal. sunday, small sign of hope. mr. obama and john boehner meet together. a source said, i would be a little enjournlged. not greatly, but a little. republicans may be ready to compromise on tax hikes for the rich. >> there's a growing group of folks looking at this and saying, we don't have a lot of cards in regards to the tax issue. >> reporter: some are open to more tax revenues. the two parties seem to be closer on entitlement, with one leading democrats saying he's open to means testing for medicare. >> i do believe there should be means testing. those of us with higher income and retirement should may more. >> reporter: if washington can't reach an agreement, every american will see a tax hike. >> there's going to be a lot of suffe
washington with more. >> reporter: sunny and john, good morning. with time running out, president obama and speaker boehner are negotiating directly. congress needs a bill soon. president obama is back on the road today, peddling his plan to avoid the so called fis kalg cliff. in washington, republicans and democrats remain far from a deal. sunday, small sign of hope. mr. obama and john boehner meet together. a source said, i would be a little enjournlged. not greatly, but a little. republicans may be ready to compromise on tax hikes for the rich. >> there's a growing group of folks looking at this and saying, we don't have a lot of cards in regards to the tax issue. >> reporter: some are open to more tax revenues. the two parties seem to be closer on entitlement, with one leading democrats saying he's open to means testing for medicare. >> i do believe there should be means testing. those of us with higher income and retirement should may more. >> reporter: if washington can't reach an agreement, every american will see a tax hike. >> there's going to be a lot of suffering among a lot
in washington. at this hour, congressional leaders are working to find common ground desperate for some sort of compromise, my sources tell me this morning the odds of a deal are still no better than 50/50. the senate will convene today at 1:00 p.m., the house back in at 2:00 p.m. stock measures around the world are on edge. the dow down five days in a row falling nearly 160 points friday and early indications are those losses could be much worse if there is no deal. consumers are jittery too. their confidence in the economy plunging for the second straight month falling to its lowest level since august. that's where we begin. let's get the latest from two top senate leaders joining us now senator chuck schumer of new york, senator jon kyl of arizona. so, gentlemen, do we have a deal? >> well, there are certainly no breakthroughs yet between senator mcconnell and senator reid, but there's a real possibility of a deal. i've been a legislator for 37 years and i've watched how these things work on these big, big agreements they almost always happen at the last minute. neither side likes to give
this problem without adjusting and working on those programs it is dishonest and beneath anybody in washington. >> senator, stabenow, you heard it right there, medicarmedicarel security, all significant reform, everybody's going to have to sacrifice? >> george, there three parts of the stool here to solve this problem. one, spending. we've already agreed to trillion dollars in spending reductions. two, medicare and entitlements. we have already agreed to over $700 billion in spending reductions on medicare. starting by cutting overpayments to insurance companies. three, is making sure that the wealthiest in the country contribute to solving the deficit problem. that's whatpassed. for us to continue on this, we have to have the senate bill that continues tax cuts for middle-class americans, that you're going chip in and be part of the solution. the house needs to pass it. that means, we would have done something on each of the areas that my colleagues are talking about. then, we have to take another step on all three of those. but right now, the only thing that we see is middle-class families b
. but is washington doing enough? >> from the global resources of abc news, this is a special edition of "nightline," tragedy at sandy hook, the search for solutions. >> i'm cynthia mcfadden. today the first of far too many funerals in a small community changed by tragedy. three days ago 20 children and six adults were killed in a connecticut elementary school, a mass shooting that sent shock waves of degree across the country. abc's juju chang reports from newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: sandy hook elementary school is closed tomorrow. and when the children return it will be to a different campus. the town is covered with memorials like this one that take on a feeling of a sacred sight as people make pilgrimages from all over. under a cold steady rain, a wave of communal grief washes over newtown. memorials growing in sets of 20 for the children. 20 christmas trees, 20 poinsettias, 20 angels. today the first funerals in a found whose faith is being tested in ways it could never have imagined. >>> for six-year-old jack pinto a huge new york giants fan. and noah pozner whose sister survived in an
and has a piece in "the washington post." he says "if you think the problem of mass violence in our country is just about gun, you're wrong. if you think it's just about an entertain industries that markets to kids you're wrong. if you think it's just about insufficient security or the lack of mental health services for troubled young people and adults you're wrong. we need to address all of them" is he right? >> i think you need a broader debate and the part i'm focused on is safety in the schools but absolutely. you have a mental health issue and component to this. i would make the point when it comes to more restrictions on firearms in our society if we go down that path, we're going to miss the focal point of providing safety. i think that is really the wrong debate to have. we've had an assault weapon ban previous in our history. you have school violence continued. it's not restricted to weapons that you think of timothy mcveigh, he used fertilizer to conduct his mayhem. i would rather focus on the safety side, what can we do to better protect our children at school. >> are you
's starting to sound a little like winder, thank you. >>> to the fiscal storm in washington now. and a wouldn't one meeting at the white house today between john bane interthe president. with just 23 days to go until the fiscal cliff r they close center david kerley at the white house tonight. >> reporter: for the first time in more than three weeks a face to face meeting at the white house. today no cameras as the president sat down with john boner. no details are announced tonight. they see progress. >> any time you two guys in that tangoing, you have a change to get done. >> reporter: before the talk, some republicans were admitting the president will get a lot of what he wants. >> let's face it, he has the upper hand on taxing. >> reporter: why the compromising words? the white house moderated demands. word that the actual rate could be negatiotiable. >> will i accent it? yes. >> reporter: the problem, entitlement. and today, a leading democrat embraced the way to cut medicare cuts. means testing. those who make more would have to pay more more medicare. >> those of us who make more in re
in washington, the pressure is on, the clock is ticking, the countdown to the so called fiscal cliff hits the 72-hour mark in just a few minutes. while congress is hoping for a hail mary deal to avoid taking a plunge over the fiscal cliff, most americans are wondering what is wrong with these people, and how exactly social security going to affect them. so, we went ahead and crunched the numbers for you. there they were again. hour nation's leaders trooping into the white house one more time. and afterwards, the president. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. >> you've heard that before. but today on the brink of the fiscal cliff, a glimmer of -- well, something. >> i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. >> but don't hold your breath. there is deep skepticism in washington that the leadership of our country will get its act together on time. so let's say we all go over the cliff. what does it mean for you? how big a deal is this for ordinary taxpayers? >> well, it's a big deal in that it would be kind of a sudden shock if you
for just about every american. tahman bradley joins usy washington with more on the stalemate. >> reporter: john and paula, good morning. if there is no breakthrough today, the country will go over the cliff. talks continue but this morning, there is still no deal. >> we'll have further announcements, perhaps, at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope so. >> reporter: republicans and democrats negotiated all week wednesday the hope of passing legislation to protect most people from massive tax hike. >> our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up that would hurt our economy badly. >> reporter: there was optimism over a deal over the weekend. that ended when harry reid said he could not present a counterproposal. mcconnell phoned for help. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could help jump start the ne fwoesh united nationss on his side. i want everyone to know, i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: white house officials say vice president biden is now playing a direct role in the negotiations. t
is heading back to the white house. he's cutting his vacation short to be in washington where priority number one is avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> unless the president obama and congress can reach a deal by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will take deep effect. >> president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. >> with the first of our year enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, struggling economy and voter doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the front runner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against president obama. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. after 50 primary contests, romney clenched the nomination and it was on to the general election. >> it will be a choice between -- >> two very different paths. >> reporter: their battle focused on the e
in washington. good morning, lisa. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. well, the next 24 hours are critical. the president this morning in his radio address, told lawmakers don't let washington politics get in the way of american progress. so, today, the last-ditch attempt to put together a deal is under way. and the ball is in the senate's court. there's nothing like a deadline to force action. the president met with congressional leaders friday for the first time in six weeks. then, proclaimed himself modestly optimistic. but warned -- >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. >> reporter: with the clock running out, here's the game plan. the democratic and republican leaders in the senate will spend today trying to hash out a bipartisan agreement. >> i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> reporter: but if there is no deal, the president wants an up-or-down vote on measures he thinks can pass. extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less. and continuing unemployment benefits for the millions who will lose them when the new year strikes
, washington county, could be five to as much as a foot of snow before this storm is all said and done. here's your hour-by-hour forecast, again, through the course of the morning, that burst of snow comes in. 33 goes to 35, 38 goes to 52 from 1:00 on to 4:00 with heavy, steady rains moving in. we'll talk more about this forecast and show you maybe some more snow, lauren cook in the forecast coming up in just a little bit. >>reporter: well, mike, that snow expected to fall right around 9:00 this morning, so if you are traveling at that time, do take it slow because it's going to be pretty slick out there. we do have a crash in baltimore right on green spring avenue at cold spring lane, so watch out for that as well. if you are using the jfx to get downtown, no problems whatsoever. it will be nice and clear from the beltway to fayette street. and here's what 95 looks like downtown at the fort mchenry tunnel. no delays whatsoever. now the snow that mike was talking about, it's actually in d.c., but it's slowly creeping up 95. so definitely keep that in mind. here's what 695 looks like, traffi
. the latest trap, where it's haepding. ginger zee is standing by. >>> on the edge. washington taking america right up to the fiscal cliff. three days now until higher taxes for all. will there be a deal? as americans and their 401(k)s already taking a hit. >>> crash landing. . the jet that skidded off the runway nearly smashing into a crowded highway. >>> back in the game. football coach's battle off the field inspired a major turnaround on it. and tonight, he's about to return. >> you're like -- >> tomorrow, a team's prayer answered. >>> good evening. >>> we do begin here, with yet another holiday storm. the one-two punch this year, tonight, on a weekend when so many are still traveling, a challenge. here's the radar this evening. rain and snow. tonight, it's moving through the ohio valley right into the northeast from washington up through philly, new york and boston. one of the many scenes on the highways tonight. this is i-83 outside of harrisburg. already this evening the flight cancellations are growing. more than 450 and counting. triggering a ripple effect as people travel for new ye
coverage from the region and washington. >>> also breaking overnight, arrested. the american software guru on the run for weeks after his neighbor was killed. now, in the hands of authorities. >>> an alert for parents. the government issuing a warning about a popular product, after the deaths of five newborns. >>> and rover behind the wheel? yep. teaching dogs to drive. >>> and good morning, everyone. we begin with that developing story from syria's civil war. credible, new concerns about the use of chemical weapons by syrian forces. >> syria's chemical weapons stockpile is believed to be one of the largest in the world. and there's word that regime forces might be ready to use it. we spoke with alex marquardt a short time ago, from the turkey/syria border. >> reporter: it seems that syria went through the preparation phase, loading components of the highly-toxic sarin gas. syria doesn't even acknowledge that it has chemical weapons. they've said that they would never use them against their own people. but one top official warned this summer that they would only be used against what he cal
. president obama and congressional leaders are cutting their vacation short to be back in washington but it's not clear whether a last-minute deal can be reached. >> i don't want to go over the cliff. >> middle class people will have their taxes go up an average of $2,000 a career and we should start making meaningful reform on the debt. >> there's talk about a smaller deal by harry reid that would prevent tax increases on those earning less than $250,000. >>> starbucks has come up with a democratic way for people to send a message to washington. the coffee giant is asking the stores to write the words come together on all drinks served tomorrow and friday. >>> well, they invested in a finance company owned by a now infamous baltimore insurance pitch man. now that hal katz business has gone belly up, they're out of luck. investigators continue digging into the story we first brought you in october. some lost college funds, life savings after funding one of katz' companies. >> it's not just a miss proargs of money -- misappropriation of money but a lack of trust. >> how many millions are mis
. >>> good evening, i'm terry moran. for a holiday, this has been a busy time in washington. as the negotiations surrounding that looming fiscal cliff come to a fever pitch just before the new year. but this is also a time of tradition and celebration in the nation's capital, and nobody decks the halls like the team at the white house for christmas. christmas is there, has come to mean a special visit every year, not just from santa claus, but from abc's own barbara walters. barbara? >> terry, in what has become one of my favorite holiday traditions for the fourth year, i had the privilege of interviewing the president and mrs. obama at the white house. this interview was taped days before the tragic shooting in connecticut and was postponed until now. it was the first time the couple sat down together since winning re-election. mrs. obama also took me on a personal tour of what is called the people's house. and it's never more true than during the christmas season. after thanksgiving, more than 80 volunteers from nearly 40 states descend on the white house, trimming 54 tree
of the beltway. >> and now a network is asking which is better federal hill or captiol hill in washington, dc. today you get to help out to put us over the top. >> the hoops tournament to help victims. how loyola is stepping forward with a classic benefiting those who are impacted by the storms. >>> federal hill the museum cross street market, you cannot find these thing in washington. and you may be wondering what i'm talking about. the travel channel is comparing the two and they will be at cross street market to hear from you. thiss is a cans to show your pride. we're joined by the executive director of the lexington and baltimore public markets. thank you for getting soup early with us this morning. >> thank you. >>> now i'm sure that you have a lot to say about federal hill and if you live in the community, you are proud of that neighborhood and it has so much character. what possibly could be the comparison between captiol hill and federal hill. >> we seem to have more to offer at half the price and twice the quality. >> i mean tough realize that baltimore and we celebrate our diversit
in a little bit. joce. >> thanks. cliff hanger continues in washington tonight. democrats and republicans still wrangeling over left lation to avert the so-called fiscal clf tax increase and budget cuts set to go into effect january 1st. we have a report there's no sign of a deal yet. >> reporter: as senators convened in a rare sunday session, they heard this prayer from the senate chaplain. >> look with favor on our nation and save us from self- inflicted wounds. >> reporter: the clock is ticking towards the new year's eve midnight hour when tax hikes and budget cuts swoop down from the fiscal cliff. the two senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell are work on a stopgap bill. >> at some point, the negotiating process, it appears that there are things that stop us from moving forward. i hope we are not there but we are getting close. >> i want everyone to know i am willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: the legislation would prevent a tax increase for reveille 98% of the -- for roughly 98% of workers extend unemployment benefits and prevent a huge cut in p
january 2nd. >>> in washington state, same sex couples can also get their marriage licenses today. the governor there signed the law into effect yesterday. a few counties issued the first wedding certificates one minute after midnight because there was a three day waiting period. >>> and a big honor for one of the baltimore ravens. "gq" magazine named the linebacker an honorary gay of the year. back in august, he donated a pair of tickets to same sex marriage fundraiser. he was harshly criticized for doing so. minnesota vikings punter chris clue also awarded with the honor. he's been very outspoken in his support of equal rights for same sex couples. >>> seven weeks after suffering a torn tricep back on the practice field. lewis won't take the field sunday against rg3 and the redskins. we won't expect to see him play though until december 16th. that's when peyton manning and the broncos comes calling. terrell suggs is going to be a game-time decision. >>> police are trying to figure out exactly how a police officer's service weapon was fired inside an emergency room at st. joe's i
and pictures from the past trips. >> in 2010 he walked from newport beach, california all the way to washington, d.c.. last year, he walked from san diego to seattle. we'll be watching him. >>> the neighborhoods surrounding johns hopkins university may soon be getting the makeover. today the president of the college and the mayor will be on hand for the announce. the new plan comes after last year's homewood community partners initiative. it brought together community members and the university to come up with ways to help the north baltimore area thrive more. >>> many couples have been waiting a lifetime for today. >> today same sex couples are unstop closer to -- one step closer to getting legally married. abc2 news' sherrie johnson is downtown live with more on this story. this is a big day. >> reporter: yes, it certainly is. we are here live in front of courthouse east where many same sex couples are expected to line up today for their marriage licenses. the place will be a pretty busy place today. even though they will have the license, they won't actually be able to tie the knot until jan
a little bit more. >> reporter: a simple stop gap measure is not what many in washington had hoped for. republicans blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would have cut spending and reduced the country's debt. >> it is the president's responsibility to lay out a plan and to bring people together but it's a total dereliction of duty and a lack of courage to deal with the issues. >> it rests in the hands of the senate. >>> president obama is scheduled to give an update on the fiscal cliff within the next 15 minutes. when that happens, we will join him live for that announcement. >> for more on the fiscal cliff and what it could moon for your pay, we got you covered. just head to our home page for a breakdown of different scenarios in washington, what it could moan for your money. for more on the fiscal cliff and a heated debate, check out an all brand-new episode of square off. the round table discussion airs right here on abc2 at 11 on sunday morning. >>> continuing coverage in the planned port strike. dock workers have been working on an expired contract. today t
cities in the northeast from washington to boston will be affected. most likely a couple of inches of snow. because i don't think the storm will really explode until it is well off the coast. but if it intensifies more quickly, those amounts could be higher. we have to watch that very carefully. >> we know you'll be watching it. harvey leonard, thank you. >>> we're going to turn to the other part of the country cleaning up after this massive system. nearly three dozen reported twisters and now the aftermath. and a new portrait tonight of what it was like when those tornadoes barrelled through. here's abc's matt gutman tonight. >> reporter: this surveillance video from a walgreens here in mobile showing the very guts of a tornado. the wind first blasts around debris. the lightning flashes, blinding. then the darkening funnel, dense with debris, beginning sucking in cars, lifting them up, slamming them down. inside, those perhaps doing some christmas shopping, at first curious. this man in uniform poking his head outside. a woman peering around a cash register. a man wheeling his car
to washington to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> deep discounts. if you're not sick of the mall just yet, you're going to find sales today. >>> and the holiday homecoming. one family never imagined was possible. how a chance encounter by a caring stranger put a pup back in the arms of the little girl who loves her. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm muhammad lila. >> and i'm brandi hitt. paula and rob are off this morning. travel could be a challenge across much of the country. tornadoes, rain, snow, even a blizzard are all a threat. >> they are picking up the piece of a series of storms turned deadly. wendy gillette is joining us with more now. wendy? >> reporter: muhammad and brandi, we may dream of a white christmas. and many of us got one. but these storms also delivered a deadly punch, all across the country. >> oh, jesus. look at that tornado. >> reporter: this is just 1 of more than 30 reported tornadoes that touched down on christmas day, leaving behind heavy damage. >> still on the ground for over a minute. >> reporter: this one roared through mobile, alabama, tearing down parts of trin
>>> this is "world news." tonight, the breaking news here. no deal. washington taking america right over the fiscal cliff. and when that ball comes down in times square tonight, every american's taxes will go up. what happened? >>> the other breaking story tonight. hillary's health. doctors reveal it is a blood clot near mrs. clinton's brain keeping her in the hospital. dr. besser right here with what this means. and what mrs. clinton just told barbara walters after becoming the most traveled secretary of state. >> are you exhausted? >> i am. to be honest, i am. >>> the big chill. a million americans in times square tonight. this evening, the security, the weather. some of the coldest temperatures of the winter. and what we didn't note about something else that will be falling at midnight. ginger zee in times square. >>> and, so long. >> so long. so long. so long. >> the man who said himself, "the show must go on." the first new year's without dick clark, as we heard tonight from his wife. she answers the one question she says so many have been asking her. >>> good evening on this n
washington. >>> not again, a giant storm on the move. >>> scare at sea, the cruise ship nightmare unfolding, the captain who warned the passengers ahead of time, but it didn't work. >>> and at last. ♪ at last the american greats me lost this year. ♪ moon river the lasting gifts and the laughs they leave behind. >> everything you do, do it cool. stand back. >>> good evening on this friday night. diane is spending this holiday weekend with her family. we begin with the 11th hour high stakes meeting at the white house late today to avoid the fiscal cliff. but no deal, asanger builds across the country, the clock is ticking. just four days left before taxes go up for all americans and federal programs see major cuts. we've shown you the math here. the average american household would see their tax bill go up nearly $3,500. this evening, president obama telling congress, the american people are watching what we're doing here. he appeared in the briefing room a short time ago. let's go right to jon carl tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are finally signs of life h
from washington. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff is still three weeks away. but the economy may have already taken a hit. economists predict the government's monthly jobs report, due out later this morning, will show that employers added fewer than 100,000 workers in november. superstorm sandy may be part of the reason job creation slowed. but worry over the fiscal cliff may have also had an immaterial pact. some economists believe that 200,000 fewer jobs thhave been created this year, due to uncertainty about the fiscal cliff. >> it's very important we get it done now. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are talking again. but still, no breakthrough. the parties are locked in a stalemate. president obama is demanding that higher tax rates for the wealthy and a permanent extension of the debt ceiling, the government's ability to borrow money, be part of the deal. >> he's assuming unprecedented power to spend taxpayer dollars out any limit at all. >> reporter: republicans who say they're open to raising tax revenue say they will only do so in exchange for deep spending cuts. if was
for the lighting of the washington monument in mount vernon. those stories straight ahead. thanks so much for joining us on this thursday morning. i'm megan pringle. >> and i'm charlie crowson. weather-wise, it's got to be great for that lighting ceremony. beginning to feel a lot like holidays. after a bit of a reprieve earlier this week. >> yes it's always chilly every year when they have that lighting. you see the people bundled up. >> that's a great thing. >> it is a great thing. >> it's supposed to be. >> exactly. that's what we have for the morning as well guys. bundle up out and about. look at the 20s from ellicott city 29 degrees. the winds out of the northwest at about 5 miles an hour. this will persist throughout the day. we won't be as windy as we were yesterday. that's some good news especially on that northwesterly breeze. we would really be feeling that windchill today. but that's not going to be the case. maryland's most powerful radar is dry right now. yes we have some cold temperatures but we will get lots of sunshine in here. the only caveat with that is that that sunshin
coming east. >> the beast is coming east. two beast coming east. >> places like washington, d.c., which has snow 1 in 12 chance on christmas day. the last time they had snow on christmas is 2002. it's going to come up monday into tuesday. this is storm one. i think this is going to affect travel. from new england as this moves off-shore that would with storm one and problem one. but this is the bigger one, it drops out of the rockies on monday. oklahoma could see see snow on christmas. places like arkansas could have a white christmas. severe weather is possible. then it moves like a check mark, right up to the mid-atlantic, to wednesday and thursday when a lot of folks are heading home. >> ginger zee, the only person i know who gets this excited about storms. >>> if you weren't traveling today, odds were you were shopping. today could be the biggest shopping day of the year and abc's john schriffen tells us there are benefits to waiting until the last minute. >> reporter: if you still haven't finished checking off your holiday shopping list, you're not alone. according to consumer repo
jobs, back on the case again tonight. thank you, david. >>> and now, we head out west to washington state, where something brand new in america happened today. and for the first time ever, marijuana is legal in one state. so, what does this mean for other states in the country, and perhaps your family? here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> three, two, one! >> reporter: at 12:01 this morning, under the cover of the space needle, seattle lit up. >> well, i think it's great we finally get to that point, you know what i mean? why hide it? >> reporter: in washington state, it's now totally legal to smoke marijuana for pleasure, as long as you're at least 21. i'm over 21. >> sure. >> reporter: i pull out an ounce of maifrp right now, you are a sworn officer. what will you say to me? >> i'm going to say probably nothing. >> reporter: in fact, they joke on the official police website, "you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a 'lord of the rings' marathon in the privacy of your own home." but even though it's legal to have it, it's not yet legal to sell marijuana to the masses.
was laced in winter white. not enough snow means no skiing. yet. this resort in washington state has had to wait. >> impatiently. to get our show on the road here. >> reporter: less snow helped make it even warmer this past week. almost 700 record high temperatures have been set in the past five days. all of that will contribute to 2012 likely becoming the warmest on record in the lower 48. while one week or one season can not tell a climate story, a longer range report card was released by noaa today. the subject ? the arctic, where records were broken this year. in 2012, there was less snow -- and more sea ice melting -- than they've ever measured before. satellites started measuring arctic ice in 1979. since then, half has disappeared. and just this year, 4.5 million square miles melted away, an area the size of the u.s. and mexico, combined. >> melting is a big concern, because that moving water that's currently thawed into the ice, moving it into the ocean. if that continues, that's going to have an impact on people that live in coastal regions. >> reporter: sea levels rising means
no skiing. yet. this resort in washington state has had to wait. >> impatiently. to get our show on the road here. >> reporter: less snow helped make it warmer this past week. almost 700 record high temperatures have been set in the past five days. all of that will contribute to 2012 likely becoming the warmest on record in the lower 48. while one week or one season cannot tell a climate story, a longer range report card would released by noaa, the subject, the arctic, record were broken this year. in 2012 there was less know and more sea ice melting than they ever measured before. satellites started measuring arctic ice in 1979. since then half has disappeared. and just this year, 4 1/2 million square smiles melted, an area the size of the u.s. and mexico combined. >> melting on the greenland ice sheet is a beg concern. bah that is moving water that is currently, thawing the ice moving it into the ocean. if that continues it will have an impact on people who live in coastal regions. >> jen jer zee, abc news, new york. >>> there is a lot of folks out there think, global warming or climate ch
some holiday surprises. >> yes, in richland, washington, a donor dropped a $20 bill into one of the buckets, wrapped inside the money, a diamond ring in a plastic bag. in the bag with the ring was a note that read, it was gathering dustin a jewelry box as a sad reminder. it will do more good with you. merry christmas. >> very nice sentiment there. >> love it. love it. >> all right, coming up. time for some monday morning quarterbacking. going to sit down with sports radio host, jason page and run through the highs and lows of week 14 in the nfl. >> plus one of the movies most famous props hidden under a layer of paint for decades. now the piano from casablanca can be yours to play. you're watching "world news now." ♪ you must remember this a kiss is still a kiss a sigh is just a sigh ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by five-hour energy. ♪ apply as time goes by you disgust me. prove it. enough is enough. d-con baits are specially formulated to kill in one feeding. guaranteed. d-con. get out. >>> it is week 14 in the nfl. three week to go in the sea
of washington. in your gut, do you think that this is basically theater and they'll come to a deal quickly? >> i think it's -- i think the odds are about 50/50 right now. which is very high for a negative outcome this far along. there is a very good chance they go over the cliff at least for a few days at the beginning of the year. then, that galvanizes everything and they're finally able to come to a deal. >> especially when you see the economy just recovering. >> that's the thing. the question would be, how much harm will this do to the economy? if you have all of these spending cuts on every government program, on top of everyone's taxes going up, i should say, once you see that prospect of everyone's taxes going up, i do think that no matter what, by mid-january at the latest, you will see that tax cut reinstated for most americans. for the bottom 98%. >> psychologically, it's causing damage. confidence drop as well because of what's going on in washington. george, thank you. >>> today on the show, we got a big show, george has two powerhouse roundtables. later this morning on "this week." >
money? >> yes, i believe so. >> reporter: john donovan, abc news, washington. >> money again the issue. so as we go through the next couple of days, all this talk about taxes and budget cuts, you would hope they say let's not cut from whatever pot of money goes towards mental health services. we'll see how it plays out in d.c. >> that's going to bring us so our facebook question of the day. we've been asking your advice as they discuss the gun control laws. >> jennifer says, it's not about gun control. it's about getting a country to embrace valuable character traits and practice them. >> paul is straightforward in saying, deterrence is the answer. >> and calling it a complex issue, lisa says congress needs to be the public servants they purport to be by banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines and increasing the mental health treatment safety. and the conversation we've seen since friday, whatever is going to happen, we don't know what will happen, but it's going to be somewhere where gun control meets mental health. >> the last two massacres we had, this one in newtown and
washington. >> reporter: just hours before the midnight deadline to avert the fiscal cliff, president obama said a deal is within sight but not there yet. there are still some issues to be resolved. our most immediate priority is to stop taxes from going up on middle class families starting tomorrow. i think that is a modest goal that we can accomplish. >> reporter: senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and joe biden are leading the negotiations. the deal will increase the estate class, extend unemployment benefits and bring back higher clinton tax rates on high incomes. from households earning $20,000 to those earning $450,000 a year. this create lad divide within the party with senator tom harken saying he and other democrats may block a deal. >> the deal must be one that favors the middle class, the real middle class. >> reporter: some lawmakers are frustrated there's still no bill up for a debate. >> senator reid should put a bill mon the floor, let the americans see it not another deal made behind closed doors. >> reporter: another sticking point, how long to delay the sequester. pres
of problems here at the baltimore washington thurgood international airport. cleveland, denver. canceled, delayed. we have the latest traffic delays and travel delays. log onto abc2news.com/traffic. >>> well, they each loaned hiss company thousands of dollars, but now former friends of a baltimore sales man are fighting him in co . they say they fronted huge amounts of money for hal katz's business. some of them are regular joes that loaned their friend all the money they saved. >> you know him from tv. the pitch man who plays loud music points to the screen and says he can put you behind this wheel. some of hal katz's friends see him differently. >> i didn't dislike him, but i came to think he was not a good businessman. >> michael cohen may know katz better than most. for years, he was the attorney to the insurance agency. he invested more than a million dollars of his money in the financial arm of katz's business. >> obviously, when you enter an arrangement like this, you have to have trust. i'm disappointed the trust wasn't warranted. >> it's a discovery he made last fall. as abc2 n
are waiting to hear if there's a deal in washington. tonight president obama addressed the country in talkses to. there's still no answer, but tonight the president says work is being done. >> congressional leaders left the white house today without a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. but the leaders and the president are still trying. >> i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and in fact the world economy isn't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> reporter: harry reid and mitch mccono agreed to spend the weekend working on a fall back plan that can pass both chambers of congress. >> some people will not like it, but that's where we are. >> reporter: president obama is pushing for a stop gap measure that would at least avoid tax increases on people earning less than $250,000. frustration is growing. a simple stop gap percent is not what men -- measure is not what many in washington hoped for. many blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would reduce spending and cut
a couple in essex, vermont, four in washington state and one more on the east coast with a body hidden in new york. and he told agents something they'd never heard before. that he left kill kits or caches, buried in several states, filled with everything he'd need to commit a murder. they were in waterproof containers and included guns and different things he could use to dispose of bodies. his strategy, to grab people in remote locations, like parks, campgrounds, even cemeteries. >> every serial killer, including, i believe, mr. keyes, are not crazy. you cannot be that organized and deliberate and fit any legal definition of insanity. >> you might not get exactly -- not as much to choose from, in a matter of speaking, but -- there's always no witnesses, really, there's nobody else around. >> reporter: investigators say keyes is a text book serial killer. like others in the past, he took pleasure in the act of taking a life. >> he talked about the rush that he got out of it. the adrenaline and kind of the high from doing it and i think, unfortunately, i think he enjoyed what he was doi
if you know anything about this city, people are from here and stay here. washington, however, is a city where people come and go. isn't there something to be said for that? >> well, there is no question. that's where i think the tradition that you find, that is sustained. there are people who live here generation after generation, there are businesses here and businesses that are run by their parents, grandparents, they are running them. i mean no question washington is a city that people come and leave as administrations change and other things change. and baltimore and federal hill has traditional values. >> thank you for joining us. we'll remind them. >> thank you so much. >> and it is not last report of the year coming up today. >> nobody know was to expect. >> it may be bad. that's ahead. getting the pooches behind the wheel and getting them into a new home. >> we have clouds aroundment we have rain. how long it will last and when the temperatures will make a come back. that's coming up. >>> we're another chilly start. no delays here. what traffic looks like. >>> eight minutes and
in washington or they're delayed by superstorm sandy or depressed by the connecticut school shootings. >> as we hear from nick watt, the holiday shopping season is not over yet. >> reporter: we have just entered the final frantic hours of gift buying. you look stressed. >> i have a little anxiety. i'm not going the lie. i'm tripping out. >> reporter: there are crumbs of comfort. the sign says the delayed gifts might be the best. number one, frugality i vap rates. you throw money at the problem. number two, you make a gut instinct decision. >> you want to buy a sweater for your wife. if you think about it too much, you may outthink yourself and not make a good choice. >> reporter: you to feel you perform better under pressure? >> absolutely. you have to make a good decision. you have to make a decision. >> reporter: stores stay open for the last-minute larrys. target until 10:00 p.m. walgreen's is open christmas day. another advantage of last minute is the sales have already begun. the late bird can catch the best worm. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> happy shopping, everybody. >>> some sho
live from washington with the details. and what are the experts seeing that are the signs. >> you know, charley, if the report is weak, it is mother nature that will be partly the blame. you remember sandy that hit that happened at the end of october. and (technical difficulties with audio) >> it looks like we're having a technical problem with the live shot there. we apologize. we'll figure out what the problem is and bring you that report in a bit. parents from a school in baltimore are asking why a man who was charged now with raping a 15-year-old girl was allowed to be alone with the children in the first place. that suspect was a temporary contractor. and now parents say that he met and counseled students there. >> they don't know what he was. he was allowed complete access to children. >> , they meet with officials. no cameras were allowed inside but the parents we spoke with say they want answers on this. they want answers on why he was allowed to be in the school in the first place. right now he is free on bail. he has a hearing schedules for later on this month. >> man is ac
the first lady and their daughters in hawaii tonight and arrive back in washington d.c. the president is returning to the white house to work on a fiscal cliff deal before the end of the year. house and senate members are expected to reconvene tomorrow without an agreement automatic tax increases increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be triggered starting january 1st. lawmakers maintain that the dispute continues to be over taxes. >>> time now for a check of that forecast. let's go back over to meteorologist mike massco because things could deteriorate as the day goes on. >> what's going on out there, mike? >> a whole lot of nothing right now, but things will change during the course of the morning hours. check it out, guys, 36 in the city limits, we go outside 31 in eldersburg, and joppa at the freezing mark. anything that moves in right now will fall in the form of some snow. winter weather advisory up towards carroll county, fredrick county, winter stormings out of western maryland. i drew in this line, this is actually what's hitting the ground. it's about two hours f
will leave hawaii later today. lawmakers are heading back to washington to consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. they have less than a week to come up with a solution or everybody's taxes are going up. >>> you need to get ready for some round-the-clock gaming action at maryland live casino. beginning tomorrow customers will be able to enjoy nonstop action 24/7, 365. casino doors will swing open and remain open beginning at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. >>> you want to see the raven's wildcard playoff game? tickets are available, but there are not a lot of them. a few thousand tickets will be available for public sale beginning this friday at 10:00 a.m. the ravens will play january 5th or 6th. you can get tickets through ticket master. >>> today is the first day of quawns a. it's a celebration of community, family and culture. the weeklong festivities end with a feast and exchange of gifts. unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, economics, creativity and earth. >>> well, from christmas sales to christmas music 24/7, it is eas
able to tight knot after the state's 3-day waiting period expired at midnight. last month washington man and maryland were the first states to pass same sex marriage here in maryland same sex couples picked up their licenses but will not take effect until january 1st. >>> christmas is 16 days away and the fiscal cliff is 23 days away. which are you more excited for? david curley says it was a big meeting at the white house today. are we any closer to ending the cliff hanger. >> reporter: for the first time in more than 3 weeks, a face-to- face meeting at the white house. but today, no cameras as the president sat down with -- offered which some see as good news. cocreator of a debt reducing plan sees progress. >> any time you got two guys tangoing you have a chance to get it done. >> reporter: before the talks, some republicans were admitting that the president will get a lot of what he wants. >> let's face it he has the upper happened on taxes. you have to pass something to keep that from happening. >> reporter: why the compromising words? the white house moderated demands. the pres
need and that's what we need out of washington. we are standing on the edge of a fiscal cliff and it appears law makers are not too quick to offer a safety net. sandra endo is in washington with the latest on the developing story and sandra, it does seem like this is all talk and no action right now doesn't it. >> reporter: that's right. and there's only a few days left in this year to get anything done and that's why president obama has called the top four congressional leaders to the white house this afternoon for a closed-door meeting charley. and he wants to try to figure out a way to end this fiscal cliff stalemate but you hear the rhetoric being talked about on capitol hill, among leaders, republicans and democrats are still pointing the blame at each other for not getting this deal done. and for the lack of progress. so still no movement yet and there's only a few days to go to a get anything done. charley. >> you know let's go to what was said yesterday we talk about harry reid referring to john boehner as dictator. and we got mitch mcconel saying we are not going to w
: inner words, no. many americans turn to washington in their greech for answers what they can do, what society can do to prevent feature sandy hooks. they dud not hear any answers coming from the white house. diane? >> all right, jake, thanks. >>> and still ahead here on "world news," that question of mental health. we have been hearing from parents coming out of the shadows and worried about their troubled children. saying they need help. what is the solution for them? what can be done? that's next. ♪ [ male announcer ] with free package pickup from the u.s. postal service the holidays are easy. visit usps.com. pay, print, and have it picked up for free before december 20h for delivery in time for the holidays. you can even give us special instructions on where to find it. free package pickup. from the u.s. postal service. because it's nice to have an extra pair of hands around for the holidays. a delicious new way to get essential vitamins you need. just bite into the tasty shell... to a chewy vitamin core for a unique multivitamin sensation! new centrum flavor burst. a body at res
, we'll answer that on abc2 news at 11. >>> the cliff hanger continues in washington tonight. democrats and republicans are wrangling over last minute legislation to avert the so called fiscal cliff, you know, the one two punch of tax increases and budget cults that will go into effect january 1. there's no sign of a deal so far. here's pridy arla. >> reporter: the clock is ticking, negotiations are ongoing, but at this point, democrats and republicans remain at odds. >> regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up that would hurt our economy badly. we can get that done. >> reporter: president obama called for immediate action, but there was no vote in the senate tonight. >> we're going to come in at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and we'll have further announcement perhaps, and we'll have a talk in the morning, i certainly hope so. >> reporter: minority leader mitch mcconnell called vice president biden in for help. he is now said to be playing a direct role. >> there's no single issue that remains an impossib
. >>> there's a new smell in the air in washington state. >> that smell of marijuana. a new law goes into effect today that allows you to smoke but there are some restrictions, we'll tell you what's going on. >> also this morning citigroup is cutting jobs to save money. we're going to run the numbers by you and see if you think it's maybe a little high. >>> news time 6:9. you saw her singing the models on the runway earlier this week. >> now rihanna is jumping into the fashion world with her own reality show. she's going to produce and star in a fashion series for style. and the show is called "styled to rock." it's going to search for the next great fashion designer. a casting call sunday way right now nationwide -- is underway right now nationwide. it premieres next year. >>> "seinfeld" fans a familiar face returning to the small screen. cramer is back. michael richards has been cast in a tv land pilot called "giant baby." kirstie alley and rhea perlman will also star. it's about a man who hopes to have a relationship with the mother who gay him up for adoption -- gave him up for a
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